Carlos Sainz says he is fully aware of the importance of driving for Ferrari and is ready to embrace the responsibility in a “good and positive way”.
Sainz and teammate Charles Leclerc will form Ferrari’s youngest driver line-up since 1968 when young guns Jacky Ickx and Chris Amon raced for the Scuderia.
While only 26, Sainz is on the eve of his seventh season in F1, having honed his skills and accumulated experience with three teams, Toro Rosso, Renault and most recently McLaren.
The task of racing for the most successful team in F1’s history, and one surrounded by an aura of prestige, can be a daunting prospect for a young driver, but Sainz insists age is a secondary consideration.
“To be honest I don’t think age on its own is such an important factor,” the Spaniard said after his second day of testing at Fiorano.
“If anything, experience in this sport is more valuable than age. Obviously the older you are the more experienced you get, but even that is not a guarantee that you will be faster.